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Eastern Columbia River Gorge
The Dalles Mountain Ranch is part of the Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve. It’s located at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge in an Oak Savannah environment.
On a sunny mid-July day, I explored the area for awhile. The wonderful spring wildflowers had disappeared and all the grass had turned brown. Still, the country has a stark beauty of its own.
The views were magnificent, with the Columbia River stretching far to the east, Mt. Jefferson sticking up to the south and tall Mt. Hood dominating the scenery.